Katie & Alex

Open Door & Open Hearts

A WEDDING IN MUDEFORD, CHRISTCHURCH

Garden Wedding099

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WORDS ON THE WEDDING

I’ll start this little ditty by saying first that it’s a huge honour being asked to shoot a wedding, an even bigger honour is when you are passed from one friend to another…and another, and another, so that by round 5 you know everyone quite well.

Katie,Alex and their family are unspeakably embracing. I went up to do a pre-shoot at their cottage on the sea with my kids in tow and while I went off to shoot them, their parents and family were swinging the kids in the air, had them on boats, rolled them up like burritos and generally brought out the amazing wolf child in them all…then they handed the keys to the place to us all to spend the night…that’s just how they are, the family with an open door and open hearts. So, it follows that this wedding was always going to be set in her childhood home, where many of the gaggle there will remember all the childhood birthday parties and teenage liquor cabinet hacking…first smooches and so on.

Alex is Swedish (hence the extremely Nordic features) and so they stuck with tradition and dangerously (yet wildly successfully) honoured the tradition of an open mic. It’s hard to shoot and wail with laughter at the same time…genius, the lot of them!

I hope these pictures give you a little sense of what it was all about!

Enjoy…

WORDS FROM THE BRIDE…

How you met:

Alex and I first met at work at a company called Grapple which was a mobile start-up.  Funny story as we were both in other relationships at the time, and had quite a stressful work relationship.  It was only when Alex left the company, and we met up again that we realised we actually quite liked each other!

How he proposed:

Alex proposed on a roof-top bar in Budapest.  The ring was hidden in a giant easter egg (I’m a bit of a chocoholic, so this was the perfect proposal for me!)

Your vision for the day:

My dream has always to have my wedding at home where I grew up – in Christchurch, but also in my family home.  It was important that the house was a prominent part of the wedding – and the garden too.  My vision for the day was a very traditional English wedding – with some quirky Swedish twists!  The creative vision was garden/woodland vibes – with a lot of wooden structures / logs / and a huge amount of candles of course – all set in the backdrop of our own family house and garden.  Fairy-tale woodland was what I was going for!

How you felt it all went:

I can honestly say the whole day was perfect.  It was everything I expected and then more.  Everyone who worked with us on the day was flawless – and made the whole day work seamlessly throughout.  I cannot express enough how amazing all of the companies and people we worked with were – and how they truly bought our dream to life.

The amount of effort my parents (specifically my dad!) and family put in was very noticeable throughout the day and this made it even more special.  I loved the little Swedish twists that we had – the English guests were so excited to be a part of this as well – and fully embraced everything we did which made the whole day feel unique and special.

I could go on forever here, but the quick answer is – it couldn’t have gone better!

Highlights:

So difficult to narrow this down!  Sounds a bit silly, but getting my bouquet was pretty exciting for me as I got obsessed with flowers during the planning stages.  It was just so beautiful and was even better than my original vision.

Drawing up to the castle and seeing all the people we love the most sitting there was very special to me, and walking down the aisle and the whole ceremony was just so much fun.  I had no idea how much I’d laugh and enjoy myself!

Final highlight (I think!) was how the marquee looked when I walked in, I was blown away of how amazing everything looked and how it had all come together after months and months of planning.  It was a simply stunning backdrop to an unforgettable day.

Insights, any tips for brides planning a wedding?

I think the two most important things to organise first (after date + venue) is securing the band and photographer as soon as possible.  The really good ones get booked up months & months in advance, and we were lucky enough to be given this advice when we first started planning – so wanted to pass it on!

Get a wedding planner! Even if it’s just an on the day planner – it’s so nice not to worry about anything and to know there’s someone there figuring out any issues in the background.

Finally, don’t let the wedding planning take over your life, and enjoy it!  Alex and I were very adamant at the beginning of planning that we would regularly go out for dinner/dates & not talk about the wedding the whole time.  It’s easier said than done, but really important and it helped us to take a reality check when we were fussing over the small things.

THE CAST…

KATIE’S DRESS

Angel by Cymbeline (from Mirror Mirror)

ALEX’S SUIT

Neal and Palmer

RINGS

 A&S Jewellers Hatton Garden

BRIDE’S MAIDS DRESSES

Warehouse 

CATERING

Red Herring Events

MARQUEE

Marquee Elegance

WEDDING CEREMONY STRINGS

Alani String Quartet : Bournemouth, Dorset and New Forest

VENUE

Highcliffe Castle

PHOTOGRAPHY

Divine Day Photography

WEDDING CAR

Christchurch Wedding Cars

BUS HIRE

RomeRound

EVENT PA

Cheryl Davies @

The Event PA

EVENT DESIGN

PRE-DINNER ACOUSTIC STRINGS

Danny Hall

PHOTO BOOTH

217 Events

POP-UP BAR

Barouche

FLORIST

Concept Flowers

CAKE

Cakes by Helen

MUSIC

Shine On

MAKE-UP

Jessica Bates

Divine Day Photography are wedding photographers who love things to be natural. Our wedding style is reportage with a bit of a fine art and editorial slant. We do Wedding photography in Kent, Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey and far beyond.

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